Star Wars IV: The Force Awakens – A Review

Daniel Simon

For so long, the Force was forsaken and practiced only by a few. Now Master Skywalker has returned and with him, several new characters have emerged, the likes of which the galaxy is familiar.

Before I saw the film, I became interested with how the director (J.J. Abrams) would incorporate CGI in this film. But alas, Admiral Ackbar lacked enough capital ships to compete with the First Order, the phoenix that arose from the ashes of the Empire. So the Republic (after Episode 6) created the Resistance (like the U.S. with the Middle East) to fight back against the First Order.

During the film, we meet new people in new places, like Jakku. That planet is a scavenger’s lifelong home. It is a desert similar to Tatooine, and it is littered with wreckage from all sorts of vehicles, including Star Destroyers and “Rebel” ships. After Jakku, we head to Takodona, which is full of green unlike Jakku, where the main characters get locked into a fight with a couple of First Order Stormtroopers and the galaxy’s Sith Apprentice, Kylo Ren (Han Solo’s son). Following the battle, the heroes head to D’Qar, the Resistance’s base planet where they watch Coruscant get destroyed by the First Orders’ main weapon, Starkiller Base.

Though the film was very impressive, the ending left me a little disappointed. Mark Hamill (a.k.a. Luke Skywalker) finally appeared in the very last minute or so of the film and said nothing the entire time. That aside, most everything else was like the rest of the Star Wars films (except for the death of a main character).

If you are a Star Wars fan, this movie is a must-see, and the fun hasn’t ended. There are two episodes, VIII (8), and IX (9), coming out in 2017 and 2019, respectively. This year, a stand-alone film, Rogue One (which is set between Episodes Three and Four) is going to be released at Christmas. Fans everywhere will be much happier now compared to the “Years of Yearning” before. May the Force be with you.


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